Your Idol Has Used This Trick To Become Successful

If I were to tell you a simple trick that would jump-start your dream career, connect you with your heroes and save you time & money  from failures… would you take the advice?

This trick has been well known for thousands of years. Chances are the people you look up to have and still use it.

So what is this trick they are doing?

Finding Mentors

This is someone who has been where you currently are but has achieved the life you want to live. They have walked the path to success. Almost all are willing to show you how to do the same and, most importantly, the mistakes not to make! Like many of them, they have used mentors on their own journey and are honored to help with yours.

An important point to make is that these mentors do not always have to help you through one-on-one sessions. I consider Tim Ferriss a mentor of mine but I have never met the guy. How? Because he has published over 100 articles, written 4 books, and interviewed extraordinary people on his podcast. This gives me a look into the mind of someone who I admire while providing me tons of value and advice to follow.

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How To Connect With A Mentor?

There are a thousand ways to reach out and learn from these successful individuals but here are a few of my personal favorites.

  • The easiest and quickest way, is to start reading books by these individuals. Pick up Foundr’s most recent project for advice from some of the top thought leaders and entrepreneurs in their industry.
  • Search for these individual’s website as many have webinars, podcasts, or even free courses like we provide at Superhero Academy.
  • Simply reach out to them via email. Hidden in the depths of Google you can most likely find anyone’s email address but be sure to put a lot of thought into your message. Sorry, “Will you teach me to be like you?” isn’t going to cut it kid.
  • HIRE ONE… Want someone to truly keep you accountable and provide their time and energy to your project? It might be necessary to considering hiring a mentor. But hey, the best investment is an investment in yourself.

Like I said above, the opportunities are endless but the more creative you are with approaching these rockstars the more likely they will be to reply…

Tim Ferriss’s first assistant sent him an email with three things he could do to improve his website and had already done the first. He offered to work FOR FREE on the last two and if Tim was satisfied they would talk about a paid position. How could Ferriss turn down someone who was offering to help for free, but more importantly showed the dedication by already providing his value without Ferriss guiding him. Needless to say…

He got the job.

What To Expect…

There are different degrees of how involved a mentor might be in your journey.

  • With a book you are deriving value alone and putting it into action for your individual journey.
  • An exchange deal, like the one with Tim Ferriss above, gives you the opportunity to work side by side with your mentor to see how they operate their business. Occasionally slipping in the hint for advice every now and again!
  • The third way is for the mentor (or coach in this instance) to put energy and focus into helping you create your own project. This is usually done by weekly calls and has a price.

Recently, I took a risk by investing to go to Montreal and work with the founder of Superhero Academy and Valhalla Movement. Not many people were willing to invest in their education as I was and prove their work ethic. It paid off, now I am working with people I have looked up to for years (consider many good friends), have the ability to work from anywhere, and involved with projects I feel are truly making a positive impact on the world.

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Time To Start Searching

So now what?

First, pick up a copy of Foundr’s new book to get a great mix of advice from game-changers.

Make a list of people you aspire to be like and are in the place you want to be. This can be financially, spiritually, physically, you name it. Send out emails to these people while remembering to be creative and show you can add value to their business or life as well. It can be in the form or free work or simply paying for hourly coaching calls.

Start taking risks on your dream and keep up to date with Superhero Academy for more advice on how to better the world through entrepreneurship. Consider joining us in Costa Rica or Montreal for an intense month or week of work on your dreams.

Quitting a Job You Hate And Taking Control of Your Life

Quitting a job you hate is like freeing yourself from a prison that had stripped you of your passion, your dignity, and your self-esteem. Even before our first day of work, we get the feeling that there’s something wrong with our new job, but for whatever reason, we sign the contract anyways.

I’m sure you thought the job you now hate would help you in your quest for taking control of your life, but all it did was make you hate your life. Every time your boss walks by, you want to shout,

“Screw the paycheck! My bills can go unpaid. I’d rather be unemployed than put up with another day of this soul-crushing labor!”

You hate your job because you feel undervalued. It seems like you’re only there for the paycheck. You haven’t learned a new thing in the months since you finished your training. Your boss just doesn’t understand how to motivate you or create a good workspace. And honestly, you’re so miserable that you aren’t even doing your job well.

But the tiny voice in the back of your head goes, “Hey, as bad as this is, hunger might be worse. Let’s just put up with it a little longer. We’ll figure something out later for sure…”

I want to help you take control of your life and quit that job you hate. But don’t just quit without a backup plan. Let’s look at what you really want in your life and some important steps to get every piece of it.

Taking Control of Your Life

Taking Control of Your Life

Taking control of your life is essential to being ready to quit that job you hate, but in order to do either of those things, you need to really understand what it is you want to do. Think about your dream life- a job with freedom that satisfies you as a person, the ability to see the world, a beautiful home in the country, and to never worry about paying your bills again.

Maybe some of the things you want are unrealistic, but there is no reason you can’t have everything you need to feel fulfilled if you understand what they really are.

How Do You Work?

It’s important to not overthink this. You’re not trying to craft a dream job, but trying to understand the most important aspects of your work balance. Taking control of your life means creating or finding the opportunities to work the way you thrive. Start by answering these simple questions:

  • How many hours a week would I work?
  • How much does my job pay?
  • Would I run a team, work with a team, or work independently on contracts?
  • Is my job technical, or creative?
  • Would I work from home or commute to an office?

These will be your guidelines that you use in the future to pick between better or worse jobs. A great job will align perfectly with all of your answers. An okay job might only align with three. And let’s be honest- that job you currently hate and want to quit probably fails every test.

Where Do You Live?

A job can often be a massive shackle to a particular location. Many people don’t realize it, but when they quit jobs they hate, they’re really quitting because they can’t stand the location that job keeps them in.

Think about where you live now- does it provide you opportunities to do the things you love? If you’re a natural born wildman, but are trapped in an industrialized city, you may never find a job that brings you true peace. Moving can be stressful, and difficult, but it can open up opportunities for you to get what you really want.

The real challenge of taking control of your life isn’t external, but internal. Are you brave enough to take the steps you need to? Will you go where you can thrive, or remain in a place that you hate?

Purpose and Passion

A hard truth to hear, but an important one, is that your job may never bring about the fulfillment of your life’s purpose, and it may never be your one and only passion. Before quitting that job you hate, ask yourself if there’s something you could start doing outside of work to help you live out your purpose and passion.

This additional source of joy can come in the form of a hobby, or even your own entrepreneurial venture.

If you don’t have any idea what your purpose or passion is at all, then it might be time for you to do more than just quit your job. You might have some real work to do getting your shit together. That guide is a surefire way to help you identify and cultivate your passions, and even provides the basics of turning those passions into marketable skills.

Actually Quitting the Job You Hate

Once you know what you want from the next phase of your life, you’ll be itching to get on with it. There’s more work to do first though, because taking control of your life happens before you get to quit the job you hate.

Write down the ideas you came up with about where you want to be, and now we’ll begin creating a road map to get there. Look at each idea, and consider it a goal. Now ask yourself why you haven’t achieved those goals.

Let’s go through a few ideas of what you might want to change, and how to get ready to change your life for the better.

If you feel like you aren’t in the right location-

How can you take control of your life and move where you’ll be happy? Would you be happier somewhere with a different climate, more or less people, a different culture?

Reach out to people who already live in places like what you crave and start building a community where you want to be. Find potential employers who meet your needs, and either ask for a job you won’t hate, or ask them what you can improve so that they would be willing to take you on.

The hardest part of moving somewhere new is coming to terms with what you’re leaving behind- so determine whether what you have is worth more than what you’re hoping to gain elsewhere.

If you feel like you can’t afford the changes you need-

What expenses can you cut from your daily life so you can save enough money to take control of your life? Do you buy expensive drinks or meals at restaurants that you could reproduce at home for cheaper? Is all of your relaxation in the form of expensive hobbies like bar-going and concerts, when there are free events or activities that could replace them?

What sort of budget do you have, if any? Are you expecting yourself to save money for the future, or spending every bit of every paycheck from the hated job that you want to quit?

How do you generate more value for the people who want to pay you for the skills you have? Maybe you need to improve your skills by learning from someone with more experience than you. Maybe you need to offer your value to more people by talking about it more publicly. Maybe you need to find the people who need you most.

If you feel like you aren’t pursuing your passion-

Determine whether you can find an employer that will enable you to pursue your passion, whether you can pursue it completely on your own, or whether you should be considering creating a business for yourself to allow you to pursue it. Don’t forget to refer to the guide to getting your shit together if you’re struggling in this area.

Gain clarity around your passion and become an expert in it. Make sure to learn something new everyday, and constantly challenge yourself to find new ways to use that expertise to provide value to others. Remember, entertainment is a value just as much as a service or a useful product.

The Challenge of Moving Forward

Moving Forward

The more you look at what you have to do to take control of your life and quit the job you hate, you may begin to feel daunted. If you find yourself wondering, “How am I going to figure this all out on my own?” feel assured that you aren’t alone.

Anytime you’re looking to make a big change in your life, especially one that requires such a great risk, it can be easy to want to back down.

But the more you look at what you have to do to take control of your life and quit the job you hate, you may begin to feel daunted. If you find yourself wondering, “How am I going to figure this all out on my own?” feel assured that you aren’t alone.

This article is only the start. I told you that I wanted to help you get ready to quit your job, and I’d like to be able to talk to you directly. We at Superhero Academy are holding a free webinar later this month to walk you through these steps we’ve already discussed, and much more.

We want to share with you how…

  • To commit to a path for three months to see incredible success
  • To save enough money to make any major change, and turn risks into opportunities
  • To turn your passions into values that people will gladly pay you for
  • To attract the people willing to pay you for the value you create
  • To utilize expert knowledge to become an expert yourself

Click Here To Sign Up for the Free Quitting Your Job Webinar

But I also don’t want to leave you hanging today. If any of the links below describe you, click them to receive a free resource that will get you on the path of taking control of your life right now.

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Sydney Woodward: Overgrow The System

Marc Angelo and Sydney discuss what it takes to overgrow the system, to create systems that really get people out of their ordinary mindsets and connected to the systems that produce their goods and food. They explore the strengths and weaknesses of social outreach in both large and small scales, and what it would take to really turn the tides of society to use crowd-sourcing
and global solutions to nurture the planet.

Key Points Made by Marc Angelo and Sydney Woodward

• Over Grow the System sprang out of White Crow Farm and was originally just a Facebook page the existed to support and share content for other farms and communities, and eventually it expanded to a full website with an international following. [2:00]

• They’re currently working to produce a documentary through a series of demonstrations and concerts on a variety of islands, about the resilience of these island ecosystems and cultures. [5:00]

• There’s a tremendous power in understanding media and marketing. At the end of the day, marketing is using a story to help someone connect to a topic or movement. [9:00]

• People think that humans need to just disappear in order for us to fix the planet’s problems, but there are solutions that don’t require such drastic measures. If humanity can connect to nature and respect it, we can thrive alongside the world. [12:00]

• The issue is that the best solutions don’t come easy. Quality farming takes a lot of work, a lot of education, and a lot of determination. [16:00]

• A lot of people ask if Valhalla thinks it can avoid disaster, and it’s very likely that we’re going to have to hit a meltdown, or a collapse, before we can really turn the tide on these events. [20:00]

• Learning skills ‘from the past’ such as building a home, creating iron works, planting a tree- they may not be essential to daily life, but the understanding of what it takes to accomplish those can open doors and creates a sort of safety for the future, no matter which direction society goes. [26:00]

• As incredible it is to connect to thousands, or millions of people around the world, it can be just as powerful an event to have forty people sitting in a room together talking in depth. It’s essential to balance the spread and depth of a message as it is shared. [28:15]

• Because of the reverse-concentration of fame that social media has induced, the strength of crowdsourcing has expanded. In the future, it should be much more reasonable to allow people to crowd-source through more tangible effects, beyond just financial help. [33:30]

• By participating in the processes of nature and environmental change, your perspective and your culture can begin to shift around you. [38:00]

• It can be easy to compete with people who are really working to the same aims as you. Instead of constantly comparing yourself or trying to beat out other groups, look for opportunities for more collaboration and unity. [41:00]

• We need to get people involved in the food cycle, in their health and their environment. The solutions, if approached by everyone, would not be impossible to achieve. But so many people are disconnected from the processes that it takes to produce the goods they consume or the food they eat, that it’s easy to be oblivious or unaware. [47:00]

Powerful Quotes

• “The fact is, to make a farm fully functional and make a lot of money at the end of the day… it requires an enormous amount of labor.” – Marc Angelo Coppola [16:00]

• “I think we have to face that there are going to be really unsteady times ahead.” – Sydney Woodward [18:35]

• “If we don’t have that collapse, we are just going to continue on this destruction of the natural world.” – Sydney Woodward [19:30]

• “Go and connect with a farmer… get your hands in the dirt and your hands in the soil.” – Sydney Woodward [35:00]

• “What can we do to green our cities?” – Marc Angelo Coppola [43:25]

Links Mentioned

http://deepgreenresistance.org/en/

Contact Information for Sydney Woodward from Overgrow the System

http://www.OverGrowtheSystem.com
over.grow.system@gmail.com
https://www.patreon.com/overgrow?ty=h
https://www.facebook.com/OvergrowTheSystem

 

 

 

 

The Slacker’s Guide to Get Your Shit Together

I should be upfront; I’m of the belief that nobody on this Earth is actually lazy, most people just have trouble getting their shit together. I don’t actually believe anyone is happier doing nothing rather than something. I think laziness is what happens when the tasks we’re told we have to do hold no value for us.

Why, the burgeoning young artist asks, am I being forced to memorize the dates that a bunch of old documents were signed into law? Why, the twenty-something year old data entry specialist asks, am I sitting here doing what a computer should be able to do instantaneously?

But how do you go about getting your shit together? How do you figure out what you’re meant to do, or what’s important to you, or what people will even pay you for?

1) Figure Out What You’d Do If You Already Had a Billion Dollars

Go make a list of all the things that you really like to do. Write down a list of every skill you have, every hobby you enjoy, every subject that interests you. Figure out what you’d do for a living if you already had a billion dollars.

If you need some ideas, go try something new. You wouldn’t be the first person to find their purpose in life by jumping out of a plane. Getting your shit together isn’t supposed to be rigorous and challenging- it should be the most fun you ever have.

2) Determine the Value You Can Bring Into the World

Go make a second list- brainstorm ways you could get people to pay you to do what you want to do. Blogging, speaking, selling, grants, commissions, teaching, starting businesses, getting ad revenue, whatever. Scrap ideas and find new ones. Shuffle them around. Get feedback. Ask other people who’ve gotten their shit together how the hell they did it.

You don’t always need to be selling a product or offering some essential service- anytime you create value for someone else, you have something they might be willing to compensate you for. Figure out ways to provide value to the people around you, and watch as they scramble to make sure your needs are met.

3) Burn the System Down and Build Your Own

Write down everything you’re already doing. If you’re in school, is that helping you accomplish anything off the first two lists? Why the hell not? If you’re close to the fancy piece of paper they call a degree, tough it out and get it, but remember, C’s earn degrees. Getting your shit together isn’t about mastering somebody else’s system- it’s about taking charge of what fires you up.

If you’re working an awful job, are they paying you what you’re worth? Try demanding a raise. If they fire you, you can always get another job that won’t pay you what you’re worth

4) Get Obsessed With What You Love

Start adjusting your life’s habits until they are in line with your goals. Go read some books. Go subscribe to our podcast. If you have a social media addiction, unfollow all the cat meme pages you follow and go like or follow a bunch of pages that post exclusively inspiring messages or content related to your passion. Fill your life with the thing or things you’re crazy about.

5) Get Loud About What You’re Doing

Talk about it. Drive your friends nuts. Embarrass your family. Make people unfriend you on Facebook. Make a generic-sounding page on Facebook and starting reposting all your research. Make a blog on Medium and write out all your thoughts. This is the art of documentation, and it is the number one way to build a presence, a tribe, or an audience.

Make sure everyone knows what you’re crazy about, because otherwise how are they going to help you get your shit together, and why are they going to think you’re worth helping if you aren’t helping yourself?

6) Become the Expert

By now, without even realizing it, you’ve become an expert in your passion- we might even say you’re getting your shit together, slightly. You should know more than anybody else who isn’t an expert in it, which means it’s time to start collecting other experts. Shoot unsolicited messages to pros in similar or the same field as what you want to be in. Reach Out. Start joining meet-up groups, online communities, or whatever else works for it. Or start your own.

Again, talk about it. Make people know you’re passionate, make them know you’re an expert, make them know you know what you’re talking about.
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7) Join the Experts

Now you’ve got a network, you’ve got knowledge, you’ve got ideas, and you’ve got a name. It’s time to get up and do something. If you still don’t know what that something is, that’s fine. Keep working on the first six steps. Go travel. Go learn something unrelated. Go move somewhere with more people who are crazy about the same thing you are.

If you do know what that thing is, then why are you looking to me? This is your life, get it together! You know what to do, so do it.

8) Hustle, Hustle, Hustle

This is the point for self-reflection; What do you need that you don’t have to move forward? How can you get it? If you need money, go get a job as close to your field as you can. Ask those experts and pros and friends from earlier what they recommend. Work with them, get experience, and build up skills. You’re stalling, sure, but that’s no reason to waste the time.

9) Put It All Into Action

Create value for other people through your passion and succeed. That’s all there is to it.

If you follow the first seven steps, work tirelessly, invent new ideas, and try different techniques eventually you’re going to have your life together. Notice I didn’t say you needed to get a college degree and work twelve internships while doing intramural sports and community service so that you could build a resume.

Nobody is paying you to have fancy pieces of paper. People are paying you for the value you’re generating, and you’re working for the value you get from the work, not the money anyways.

10) Do It Again, and Again…

Repeat Step One. Don’t quit just because you’ve succeeded and feel like your shit is together. Outsource the parts of the work in Step Nine that you don’t like to employees. Do only the parts that you’re the absolute best at.

Find a new passion, and work your ass off at that too. Never stagnate, never retire. If you always put something you value in front of you, you’ll never want to retire anyways. A lot of people want to escape because they think that’s how the game is played- they didn’t like the life they built. Stop playing the game, start winning your life.

If all of that was hard to follow, let me break it down for you. Find something you love, and let it consume you. Become an expert. Become friends with experts. Use your impressive knowledge and skills and network to create value for other people, and they’ll pay you whatever you ask. You’ll never go hungry, you’ll never be bored, and you’ll never be lazy or unsatisfied. It takes a hundred times more energy to work on something you don’t care about than to work on something you love.

So stop being a slacker, go do what you love, and get your shit together.

 

The Importance of Conquering Your Fears

For many of us fear is something we deal with on a day-to-day basis, whether it’s a huge, impending threat (like death or tax time), or something relatively small. While fear itself is not necessarily a bad thing (in fact it is an important survival mechanism), the cumulative effects and repercussions can be enormous, and extremely destructive to ourselves and those around us.

With this in mind, learning to control and conquer our fears is an essential skill, we should all have, in order to lead richer, fuller lives.

For that reason, we’ve crafted a quick and easy challenge to help you identify, and conquer all your fears like a true Super hero. Take the challenge here!

Before you can really conquer your fears though, you need to know what you’re dealing with.

Fear is a feeling of distress that arises from a sense of an impending threat. What’s really interesting about this, is that the threat needn’t necessarily be a real, tangible danger. Indeed an indirect or imagined threat is often much more powerful and debilitating. A prime example of this phenomenon is in horror movies, where the suspense and the looming sense of danger is often much more terrifying than the confrontation itself. Real or imagined though, the phenomenon is in fact an important evolutionary survival mechanism, which serves to protect us from harm. In the presence of fear, our adrenal glands kick into overdrive, flooding our system with adrenaline, stimulating our blood and oxygen flow, which heightens our physical functions of strength and speed, and dilates our pupils, enhancing our ability to see, detect and therefore avoid danger. While this Conquering Your Fearsis without doubt an amazing and remarkable function, it is not without it’s drawbacks.

In the modern world we live in, where mankind has taken dominion over most of the planet, this acute system of ours, honed over millennia, is no longer as imperative to our survival as it once was, and adverse effects are a natural by-product when not dealt with appropriately.

Today the vast majority of the fear we struggle to conquer is of a non-physical nature; fear of failure, humiliation, public speaking, etc, and without a direct threat to respond to, or an appropriate outlet, this fear and the physiological effects it brings, result in impaired mental capacity, and reduced logical and rational information processing. When therefore, fear begins to drive our thoughts and actions, our reactionary ability is compromised and we often find ourselves scrambling to protect our illusions of security and safety, thereby inhibiting ourselves from ever really learning from the experience, growing as people and blocking our ability to reach a place of courage, joy, peace or acceptance.

The implications of fear left unconquered are far reaching and incredibly damaging. Because fear is to us a position of vulnerability, our tendency is to turn this fear into anger – a much more powerful and less vulnerable emotion.

Given that our minds are the Captains of our vessels and the interactions we have with the world, the presence of fear can be a poisonous influence.

Physiologically speaking, it threatens to weaken our immune system, cause cardiovascular damage, gastrointestinal problems (ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, decreased fertility, etc), impair brain functions (particularly causing damage to the hippocampus), and our ability to regulate emotion; making us more susceptible to react to future stimuli with fear or anger and ultimately can lead to clinical depression, accelerated ageing, and even premature death.

It’s clear then how damaging the influence of fear can be, therefore it’s all the more important to realize that you can never truly run from your fear. You can keep on running, but sooner or later, you will find yourself backed into a corner. Therefore, one of the most valuable skills for both our mental and physical health that we can teach ourselves and others is how to control, and conquer your fears.

The truth is, there is no “easy way”, or side-stepping this process; the way to conquering fear is to tackle them head on, not to run around them. Start small and progressively shatter your limits. With each little victory, you will gain the courage to tackle the next, and will find yourself empowered in the process.

With this in mind, we’ve created a five step process to help you master your fear, and push your own limits, through much trial and error. Check it out.

Identify your fear

Make sure you’ve identified the true root cause – the dirty, brutal, uncomfortable truth; acknowledge and accept it. By doing so, it will begin to lose it’s power. Mental game is half the battle.

Visualise

Visualise yourself overcoming that fear in a real-time scenario, make it as vivid as possible in the details as possible. Break it down step by step. Repeat regularly and it will start to feel normal, or at least more comfortable.

Breathe

Quick, shallow breathing is often a catalyst of anxiety, and other symptoms often follow. If you can control your breathing, you can keep your mind focused and in control which will lend you great strength as you try to conquer your fear.
Breathe in through your nose, and out through the mouth. Exhale for roughly twice the amount of time as the inhale. This is a proven method to lower your heart rate.

Accountability

Find someone to join you in the journey and help you along the way. Having someone beside you takes the onus off just your own shoulders, and provides the extra push to get it done. This is universally applicable, whether you want to hit the gym more, conquer fears, or anything that takes some pattern-forming.

Action

It’s time – you’re ready. Stay focused, stay calm and go. You’ve got this!!

To wrap this up, remember, fear in itself is just an elegant survival mechanism that we ourselves can master. By conquering your fears and pushing your own limits, you will empower yourself for a richer life.

If you’re struggling to conquer your fears, or you could use another hand, check out the Dream of Flight Challenge! for that extra little push, and to help you on the way!!

Are you ready to take flight?

I Really Hate Coaches & Entrepreneurs Sometimes – Here’s Why

You know what boils my blood? What makes me fucking angry and mad inside?

The self proclaimed “game changers” – “innovators” – and “trailblazers” that are found in the world disguised as coaches and entrepreneurs. 

Ya thats right – I really hate coaches and entrepreneurs – and yes I might even be talking to you or someone you know – and if I’m to be honest: myself.

Life is lived in the mirror. My anger towards this is nothing but a reflection of how I have seen it impact my decisions – but guess what… surely the same applies to you!

This is not to belittle your ideas or risks you’ve taken but to fess up to reality for those of you who need to hear it. So if you really want to know why I hate them despite having used the terms to describe myself  and you are up for some real talk for a second keep reading…

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Please grant me permission to allow you into an internal dialogue I have with myself and ask you the same tough question and perhaps call you on some of your own bullshit?

Is what you are doing really leading to the ends you had in mind?

Are you truly on the path towards your legacy
or just some twisted version of your dreams you’ve come to accept as reality?

Are you sick and tired of playing small?

Tired of sales funnels – launches and programs that
are nothing but riding the same waves that people have been riding for years?

Are you not tired of pretending that you are living the life
when you are working constantly on your business
and losing out on the finer details of life?

Are you truthfully seizing those simple pleasures that make life worth living?

Are you really “changing the world” or being bold
or is that just some delusion you keep telling yourself?

Are you really being you?

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Recently I feel like my world is changing,
but heck that has been my life since day 1.

The only consistency in my life is that I constantly ask myself whether or not what I’m doing on a day to day basis really is leading to the life I want to live (+ I watch fight club on the reg) – and well the truth is every once in a while my answer is a flat out NO. Some days, weeks or months or years I can dance by and pretend like its a yes but the truth never eludes those who seek it for long and only smacks those in the face who avoid it for longer.

In truth, life as an self employed entrepreneur for most is nothing but a roller coaster ride of crazy but like all roller coasters – they always only stay on the same track. No matter how much I achieve I feel like I am always coming back to the same spot.

You see I say this because I was on that track all the way until this very moment. I have doubled my salary for the last 4 years straight made more money than I could possibly need to truly be happy and feel just as broke and empty when it comes to my entrepreneurial career. This is nothing I’m truly proud of but it seems to be an accolade people care about so I have told it.

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The truth is my “success” comes at a cost.

An opportunity cost that I do not want to forgo any longer. I have been chasing nothing but “opportunities” coming around the corner at all fucking times and its exhausting. It’s exhausting because I have not been calling them what they truly are.

Lewis Howes Quote Opportunities are Distractions in disguise

They are distractions. Down right shitty jobs – gigs – and ideas that I couldn’t care less about but for some reason do because “we need to pay the bills” or because I’m looking to help someone. The devil lies in this mentality. The mentality where we always need more to be satisfied. Where our ambition is endless and where even billionaires are still looking to make money despite never being able to spend it all if they even tried.

You know what the worst part is?

It’s our own fucking fault. Because we have spent our own time idolizing the game and pretend to be changing it when in fact we are just playing it. Whether you are #winning at it or not – and no matter how you measure it if you are playing it you are missing out. Missing out on the real life we have in the limited time here.

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So what if we stopped playing?

What would happen though if we really where innovators – trailblazers and – game changers? What would it really look like if we dared to do something bold. What if we began to truly think 10x bigger or about issues beyond our wallets and bank accounts? What would it be like to solve a billion person problem you care about?

ARE YOU ACTUALLY BEING THE BOLD PERSON YOU WANT TO BE?

Real impact isn’t measured in numbers found on Google analytics or in Facebook likes but on the true depth of change you have the potential to create. The resounding noise that will echo throughout history – not just for 48 hours with your boosted ads and short term clicks – or by any one step on the hamster wheel we sometimes can call our careers.

Real impact transcends time – it knows no limit.

The affects are deeply rooted in the transcending nature that is the essence of the actions taken. The true intent of what we want to achieve is felt by others regardless of how good of a story or lie you keep telling yourself.

You see to me a real game changer or superhero doesn’t talk about how he or she is changing the game or even refer to themselves in that light but just does is it. Yes they tell stories and teach – inspire and motivate through those stories but they don’t use them for personal glory or just as a means to earn a living.

To be a force for change is a lot like the forces of nature. Don’t just be the surfer riding the waves frivolously – be the underlying currents and nature that makes the waves in the first place. Be the earthquake that causes the tsunami or the hurricane that floods the minds of those who need a wake up call.

Do you think Jesus walked around calling himself a miracle worker? (Regardless whether or not he ever did walk.) What about Gandhi or Mother Theresa did they spend lots of time advertising their good deeds? The stories that are told of these people are there because of the true impact that they inspired not just some numbers but some real shifts in peoples hearts and what they represent.

Don’t just talk – walk.
Don’t just preach – BE.

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Still wondering why I hate my own kind at times?

Look don’t get me wrong storytellers (yes that’s the real job description of an entrepreneur) and their supporters (coaches) have and always will be the people who shift culture and change the world – but ONLY if they actually have the guts to live that change does it ever really have a real impact.

So here is why I hate to ever call myself a coach or entrepreneur despite having used the words to help explain to people what I do for years.

Because these titles have been ruined. They have been absolutely obliterated by the masses of life coaches and self help guides nobody ever even opens – and silly businesses that entrepreneurs have created like get rich quick schemes and a whole lot of absolute junk.

So fuck that shit – nobody gives a fuck about your new book you wrote if it was just to get a bestsellers title – or the big launch you had to line your bank accounts. That stuff is frivolous and that high is short lived like the high from a joint or a roller coaster but soon you will find yourself back in line. Waiting for the next ride when the true mountain tops of our own personal legacy lay beyond the queues at the amusement park.

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If you are making your business the business of disruption – of creating movements and care about the depth of impact without caring about how many people are listening or watching, if you want your name etched in the history books and want to make this shift then I know the path and truth is so do you.

I’m dedicated to help.

I think the number one reason people fall short of taking on superhero caliber missions is because they focus on the belief of whether or not it’s possible – but the truth is this stops them from ever even trying.

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The path is not one to be walked alone.

Like every great person in history they always had someone by their side. Someone to mentor them – guide them through the spiral that is reality and make sure to stay focused and accountable to the true essence of the task ahead. There is no Batman without Robin – no Batman without Alfred and no Batman without Bruce Wayne ditching his identity to do something truly bold.

So who am I truly and what is my real “job” or better yet my mission?

  • I am a storyteller who starts and propels movements.
  • I engineer Superheroes & turn entrepreneurship up a notch.
  • I disrupt the system and truly reinvent the game.
  • I live through the notion of sustainability and long term thinking first.
  • I realize that money is only a means to an end as a tool – not the end itself.
  • I am someone who is dedicated to impacting billions – but who knows such must first happen with myself.
  • I am someone who can keep you accountable and call out your bullshit and puts his money where his mouth is and who has a team of people who call me out on my own crap.
  • I am someone who realizes that by deeply impacting one person – I also am affecting many more.

I am if nothing else: BOLD.

Now imagine what we can do together…

I am willing to work with one Superhero for the next year to shatter through you’re inner bullshit and not just step up to another level but step out of the game entirely and play a new one. Someone to be seriously fucking bold. No rules – no specific coaching regiment or program – just you – me – becoming a strong WE and taking on an enormous challenge with a determination to this mission. If you are done with this shit like I am than why not be bold and come join this fight club…

ARE YOU THIS PERSON?

Prove It & Apply For That Spot Now
Serious inquiries only.

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Unsure? Accept The Challenge

Superhero Persona & Sharing My Story With EntrepreneurOnFire.com

If there is anyone who’s consistency is envious its John Lee Dumas from EntrepreneurOnFire.com

His daily podcast releases and automated systems are so incredibly well thought out that he has built a massive following known as Fire Nation as well as a whole lot of passive income (close to $250,000 a month at this point).

If there is any model for how I want Superhero Academy podcast to be run it’s this way but as I build this up – this time it was my turn to be a guest of a podcast!

We discuss:

My Worst Entrepreneur moment

  • If you want to talk about failure, listen to this brutal turn of events. YIKES!

Entrepreneur AH-HA Moment

  • Business is about relationships, and creating value for – and THRU – those relationships.

Small Business Resource

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Best Business Book

  • Bold by Peter H. Diamandis

Couldn’t be more excited to share this episode with you and let you guys know…

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Why Solopreneurship Might Be Your Biggest Business Mistake + 8 Simple Tips To Can Change It

So we have all heard of Entrepreneurs but the reality is many entrepreneurs really act like solopreneurs at times – and to be honest many websites (and solopreneurs) seem to glorify the position but the truth is it only generally leads to an unsustainable business model and is unfulfilling.

What is a solopreneur?

Its an entrepreneur who tries to do everything themselves.

How can you spot one or know if you are one?

  • Often seen taking on way too much and not focusing on what they do best.
  • Working endless hours on their projects alone with no real support or shared office
  • Their website and businesses are named after themselves
  • They sometimes forget to eat or shower because they are so caught trying to keep up
  • They are consistently feeling like there isn’t enough business or things are going to get better or easier right after “blank”
  • They rarely ask for help or support
  • They try and do everything from accounting – prospecting – billing – their websites – and copy – their social media – booking and an endless list of items.

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Now I get it. I really do because for the longest time I myself was a Solopreneur.

In fact I would say that up until even very very recently I would have qualified as such in at least some aspects of my career. You see what I use to say to almost stray from this internally or attempt to rationalize my the reality was: “I work with others” as (solopreneurs do interact with clients or people) – but the truth was that that others weren’t part of what I worked on.

But let’s real talk for a second here.

To start your own business there is a whole lot of pride and guts and the most dependable person in the world to do all these tasks is yourself right? You are the person who can and will make this happen and you really know what is best for your business correct? If you could do it than you should – because it saves money right?

Is it really though? Are all these statements true?

Or perhaps the truth is you have a hard time asking for help – or at least in taking the time to slow down and examine what is happening with your business – life and big projects. Why should someone who is a solopreneur really consider teaming up with others?

The harsh reality is nobody has ever made it as a solopreneur.

Nobody.

(Even Han Solo Had Chewy)

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That pun deserves a share on this post!

All the names of people we know today despite seemingly being satellites of entrepreneurs we look up to also have the world’s best and brightest working right alongside them. Steve Jobs – Elon Musk – Richard Branson – Oprah – Tony Robbins. None of these characters made it to the top just using their name and their own two hands and feet. They all created key relationships and partnerships with others which really enabled true success.

Let’s face it – we can build a much bigger pie to eat from if we are numerous people participating in baking it in the first place.

Everyone eventually grows wise enough to know that the only way to grow a business in this world is to team up with people who are wiser and smarter than you in their own domains and that for you to focus and grow and even be known you will need to end this Solopreneurship mindset you have.

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But the question is how? So many Solopreneurs are out roaming the earth looking for more support but what is the best way to get it?

Here are 8 simple tips to exit solopreneurship:

I. Ask for Help & Help Others

The easiest way to get help on your projects is to not only ask for it but to help others as well. Win-Win scenarios lead to much more opportunity even from an individualistic perspective but I definitely challenge you to as a solopreneur to consider asking people to help out or join in on the action. This humbleness will go a long way into making you excel at what you do.

II. Identify, Reach Out and Accept Mentorship

A solopreneurs ego might sometimes stand in the way of being humble enough to realize that there are people in this world doing exactly what we are trying to do with more experience and success than us and we should as oppose to compete and adopt a scarcity mindset – instead actually reach out and ask for mentorship. Mentorship also can be for fields or areas that you might not be even focusing on but on helping you achieve other elements of your career or business life including even just a better balance with your personal relationships or your health and fitness.

III. Join Masterminds

Masterminds are a huge effective and efficient resource for being able to not only get some feedback on your ideas and challenges but also help others with theirs. If you haven’t heard of what Masterminds are visit our page on that here and consider joining ours. I have found Masterminds to be very valuable – and they are also quite flexible and easy to jump in and out of (don’t do such selfishly).

IV. Attend Great Events With Peers

Best way to find sidekicks in your superhero endeavours is to rub elbows with them at the best events out there. I find sites like Conferize very interesting for such but truth is there are tons of things happening all over the map each and every day of the year and all you need to do is show up – provide value and be honest about where you can use some support.

V. Hire Smarter People Than You

Collective wisdom says “if you are the smartest person in the room then you are in the wrong room” and I like to live by this myself. Now yes I know “smartest” is completely subjective but it isn’t the point here. What I’m saying is surround yourself with people who know more than you on a variety of topics and you will be surprised how much of that genius finds its way into your cranium as well.

VI. Relinquish Power and Responsibility

Surely the toughest thing on this list is the one where I tell you you should be giving away your power and executive decision rights to others because until and unless you do – others will not truly join your cause and treat it like their own. Giving up responsibility seems scary but its also liberating and allows you to carry less baggage and spend more mental energy and time doing the things you do best for your projects. At the end of the day – a plumber is best doing plumbing and not doing paperwork – so this same logic surely applies to what you do too.

VII. Adopt a Business Model with a Higher Purpose

This to me is a must in my books but perhaps is something you should consider in your story too. For me business isn’t just about making a stable income but really about changing the world or tackling something be it big or small and really having an impact. I believe ROI is better suited to be measured as “Ripple of Impact” versus return on investment and I believe the businesses that truly commit to this 100% actually get much better results in both versions of ROI in the long run as well.

Tangibly what this often means is that perhaps your business should operate under a brand – mission statement and ideals that are bigger than just you. It’s very hard for people to feel like they are truly a part of the team if the name of my company was “Marc Angelo Coppola Consulting” and thus by design I actually stray from that to better allow for scalability plus to really highlight that all of this isn’t possible without the team of awesome people I work with consistently.

VIII. Co-Create

Last but not in any way least is co-creation. What I mean by this is you know that moment where you have an idea and you want to tackle it? Well right after that moment perhaps you should consider not only the question of how should I do this but also – with whom should I do / share this with? I think – scratch that know this mentality goes a long way in making ideas come to life as well as better fleshing them out before they see daylight and thats a good thing.

End of the day you should invite others to be part of your big ideas – it will help them develop and will enable you to build real relationships and partners versus people who are kept at arms length from your ideas.

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Catalyst Creativ – Marc Angelo Speaks on a Panel on Living Your Higher Purpose

Catalyst Creativ is a week dedicated to some of the most interesting people around the world converging in Las Vegas at The Downtown Project to discuss a variety of topics. Lucky for me in July 2014 I was able to attend Catalyst Week as a guest speaker and sit next to Ben Altman and Dan Adams two incredibly inspiring friends who are also chasing their dreams and living them every day.

I had the fortunate scenario of being able to speak about a whole lot – including my catalyst moment – a bit about Valhalla and even about things like the unique opportunity of being able to introduce yourself as anyone in the world at any time.

Anyways this text doesn’t do this panel justice so give it a watch and share if it inspires!